Saturday, March 31, 2012


What a fantastic time my husband and I had celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary!
Here are a few of the highlights!

This is a live photo of the one I posted on February 7th. It is more beautiful in real life!

The view from our beautiful hotel room.

Snorkeling is always fun!

It was whale season in Maui. We saw lots of whales...this is a baby. Mom is underwater.

This Banyan Tree was planted in April, 1873, and marked the 50th Anniversary of Christian missionary work in Lahaina. The tree was imported from India and was only 8 feet tall. It now stands over 60 feet high, has 12 major trunks in addition to a huge core. It stretches over a 200-foot area and shades 2/3 of an acre.

Cruising on our anniversary

Along the road to Hana

What a great place to eat! Fred's!

Our Lei ceremony

Blessed with wonderful memories!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Weddings and Weight Loss

As of tomorrow, my son's wedding is only 6 weeks away. I am excited, but I panicked a bit recently at the thought of the family photographs that would go down in history. So, I started a weight loss program.
I have gradually crept up in weight since my move to Texas, now almost 7 years ago. Turning 50 hasn't helped. And although I exercise diligently, I continue to not see results in the area of weight loss.
So, I am making a drastic change - at least for the next 45 days, I will be following the Slim4Life program. I am a little skeptical but willing to commit for that amount of time and more likely for 8 to 10 weeks for a 20 pound weight loss.
I just finished a 3 day preparation phase (also known as a cleanse). I found it impossible to eat 2-3 pounds of meat per day but have lost 3 pounds in 3 days - most likely water. Tomorrow begins the weight loss phase. I know it will be difficult because it is quite restrictive, but like I said, I am willing to do whatever it takes. Let's hope this motivation lasts through the coming weeks!
When Jesus was in the desert for 40 days, He fasted. It seems this may be a good example for me to focus on as I learn to not use food as a way of socializing, of comforting, and to spend more time focused on Him.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

God grants me serenity

Life is flying by quickly these days. Those who know me well know that I must guard myself carefully or I will over-schedule, over-book, and over-commit. But, in the last few years, I have learned to slow down, to take time for myself and to actually spend time a.l.o.n.e. which is something that I rarely did in the past. Many times I have found myself noticing that I actually enjoy my own company and look forward to times where it is only me hanging out with me. I find myself talking to God a lot more and that's always a good thing. Burning the candle at both ends is a thing of the past and now you will rarely find me awake after 9:30 p.m. and if I do happen to still be awake, I am usually tucked quietly in my bed reading.

This week, these disciplines will be a challenge to keep. I shopped all day for things needed (wanted) for an upcoming anniversary trip to Hawaii. My future daughter-in-law's wedding shower is tomorrow, so I finished up the shopping for that as well. While I was out, I did the grocery shopping for the week to avoid having to go tomorrow. This was all after an hour of cycling this morning. Whew. Tomorrow includes worship services and preparing the meal for our bi-monthly family day (with all kids and significant others) and then we will pick up my bestest and oldest friend and travel to spend the evening showering my son's lovely fiance' with gifts.

Then the week begins again. I love my job, but the work of hospital administration of a brand new rehabilitation hospital keeps me one step behind where I want to be daily. Ah, job security. And Tuesday night will be the only night I will be at home. This is not my favorite type of schedule anymore. My hubbie will be out of town for part of this and I am undecided if this is good or bad. Good because he won't be around to realize how much I am not around and bad because I will miss him and the help he contributes when my schedule flies out of control like this.

So....I will do the one thing that I know will help keep me remain grounded and balanced this week. (since the one thing I know is I cannot control anything about this week except my reaction to it)

I have so much to be grateful for. Here is my gratitude list.

1. Healthy food in my house. This is necessary for energy and avoiding nasty fast food meals.

2. My work out schedule will still work in the midst of this chaos; also necessary for energy and serenity.

3. I will be having lunch with my alanon sponsor in the middle of this week.

4. My bed is fantastically comfortable!

5. My car already has a full gas tank.

6. I do not have an assignment due for the Association of Biblical Counselors.

7. In two weeks, I will be in Hawaii. That is almost surreal.

8. I have lost a few pounds this past week and expect to loose more this coming week. Another good reason to have the house stocked with healthy food.

9. I have a few new clothing items that I look forward to wearing this week. This always makes going to work just a little more fun!

10. God loves me more than I can imagine.

I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.

It's 9:15...time for bed.